Challenges

The work of the Division of Social Sciences at UCLA is motivated by challenges in the real world.

LA Social Science Presents "Conversations with Changemakers" Featuring Dr. Lorrie Frasure-Yokley

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Although the academic year is winding down, Dr. Lorrie Frasure-Yokley, Associate Professor of Political Science at UCLA,[1] is only getting started. In addition to her own teaching, research, and initiatives for first generation students,…

From Tide Pods to Perfumes: UCLA CSW’s Chemical Entanglements Initiative

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By Gracen Brilmyer, Graduate Student Researcher, UCLA Center for the Study of Women; Alexandra Apolloni, Program Coordinator, UCLA Center for the Study of Women; Rachel Lee, Director, UCLA Center for the Study of Women Eating a Tide Pod…

‘Divieto dare da Mangiare’: Migrant Angst & Policing the Edible in Italy

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By Dr. Rachel Vaughn Assistant Adjunct Professor in the UCLA Center for the Study of Women, Institute for Society & Genetics, and Gender Studies Department In 2015, the mayor of Ventimiglia, Italy Enrico Ioculano signed l’ordinanza…

UCLA and Homelessness: See. Study. Solve. May 21-24, 2018

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  We call homelessness a crisis in Los Angeles because we increasingly see the homeless in our midst every day. Yet, the invisible crisis has been with us for years, affecting even many UCLA students and staff. New Los Angeles City and County…

Why Trump Can’t Have Tariffs and More Restrictions on Immigration

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By Margaret E. Peters Assistant Professor, Political Science The Trump administration recently announced tariffs on 1,300 types of goods from China, including televisions, medical devices and batteries. On a seemingly unrelated note, President…

Coming Out and “Outing Pigs”

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By Abigail C. Saguy Professor of Sociology, UCLA In late 2017, over 30 women accused Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, assault or rape. Shortly after—following the lead of actress Alyssa Milano—millions…

Ready to Work, Uprooting Inequity: Black Workers in Los Angeles and California

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By Lola Smallwood-Cuevas, Project Director & Saba Waheed, Research Director Black people are leaving Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Black Worker Center noticed the trend while doing community organizing work in the area and teamed up…

Chronicling the Transformation of Black LA

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By Marcus Anthony Hunter Scott Waugh Endowed Chair in the Division of the Social Sciences, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, CHAIR, Department of African American Studies; Principal Investigator Over the course of the…

Mapping LA's Million Dollar Hoods

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By Kelly Lytle Hernandez Professor of History and African-American Studies Los Angeles County operates the largest jail system on Earth. At a cost of nearly $1 billion annually, more than 20,000 people are caged every night in county…